I am the first to admit that my style research comes mostly from shopping online. I browse more than any human really ought. I should watch Pretty Little Liars and thumb through Elle and Glamour. I manage only to catch the Pinterest boards of my younger nieces and check what Blake Lively is so happy about wearing on the covers of magazines at the grocery checkout to connect me with what the young folks like. BUTT. I am very super good at window shopping from my seat. So, I’m going to take a crack at what I think we’ll see more of in 2013. Sorry for all the bottom allusion.
Someone requested that I write on the subject of the long dress “fad.” This person hates maxi dresses. Admittedly, I embraced the maxi dress just recently. I bought two this season, and at neither time did I think of them as a fad. They’ve grown on me, and I think they’re going to become part of the day dress canon. Like skinny jeans are to denim styles.
The maxi dress started showing up in my neck of the woods about four or five years ago. You could get them at Target – the Mecca of trends on the cheap before they become trends. I had one but reserved it for the beach, the pool, or Bo Time: some environment where bystanders would not be confused as to whether or not you were wearing a nightgown. If you were, it’d be ok.
Ever since my dear friend Susan wrote me for advice on boots, I’ve been contemplating a new pair. Why should I dole out the advice yet miss all the fun of ownership?
My quandary is this: I want a high comfy boot, not western inspired yet versatile enough to style it outside of the equestrian inspired realm. The equestrian bubble soon must burst, no? The issue I take is not with the boot, just the styling that’s so popular. In certain parts of town, I almost feel as if I’m an amnesic extra in a reproduction of National Velvet. I don’t remember how I got there and I’m scared of all of these people dressed for riding horses but instead having coffee and smoking around the craft services cart. Love the look, but turned off by the mass practice.
However, I came across some Lilly Pulitzer pants that, shockingly, I fell for. Horse-patterned, tab-waisted, white and navy cropped corduroy pants to be exact. With gold buttons. And they deserve a nice high boot. They sound nuts because they ARE nuts. And the fact that I’d like to defy the equestrian trend by pairing these with high boots AND THEY ACTUALLY HAVE FREAKING HORSES PRINTED ALL OVER THEM equals perfection.
And I need a pair for some really hot pencil skirts I recently bought. And, oh hell, I’m sure to throw them over my skinnies at some point. Options coming soon. In the meantime, quick poll: